Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election. Councils will have to wait to discover whether the reform of local government finance will be ready to go live from 2019/20 after the General Election disrupted the smooth passage of […]

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Strong and stable? They must be joking!

by danielbarker on 20 April, 2017

So the Tories are seeking re-election on the grounds that they are ‘strong and stable’. In truth, the past two years have been years of weakness and flip-flop. Let’s examine their record…………. Having been previously in favour of staying in the EU, Mrs May is now proposing the most drastic of changes, pulling the UK […]

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Apparently the lady IS for turning…..

by danielbarker on 19 April, 2017

‘There should be no general election before 2020’ – Theresa May June 30th 2016. On a further 5 occasions, one being as recent as March 20th this year, either Theresa or her official spokesman ruled out an early election. Ah but Theresa, you’re 21% ahead in the opinion polls and by 2020 the economy is […]

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One in ten councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter, a new report has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said overall local authority spending on social care fell by 11% in real terms between 2009/10 and 2015/16. It also found six in every seven councils having made at […]

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Happy Easter!

by danielbarker on 13 April, 2017

I will be taking a break from updating this blog for a few days to celebrate Easter. I encourage anyone with a bit of spare time tomorrow to check out the Walk of Witness in Walsall Town Centre that re-enacts the events of Good Friday some 2000 years ago. It begins at the top of […]

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New letters have gone out to those areas where the initial garden waste brown bins collection information was incorrect. Brown bins collections restarted this week following the winter break and a number of irate residents called the Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team about not having their bins emptied on the date that they had been […]

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Easter news from the Area Manager

by danielbarker on 11 April, 2017

Introducing One Walsall Welcome to the new support organisation for voluntary and community organisations in Walsall. One Walsall is a new, independent and member-led organisation set up to support voluntary and community organisations operating within Walsall. Whether you’re a community group run by volunteers or a larger registered charity we’re here to support you through […]

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Brexit must lead to ‘new legislative freedoms and flexibilities’ for councils, local government leaders insist. Responding to the unveiling of the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill, the chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) Lord Porter warned Brexit will have a ‘significant’ impact on local government. He said it would create ‘challenges that […]

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Government cuts are to blame for a rise in fire-related deaths in England last year, according to the union representing firefighters. Official figures show that 303 people died in fires during 2015/16, up 15% on the previous year. Response times to all types of serious fires also rose, in some cases by as much as […]

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Changes to Street Cleansing from 1st April 2017

by danielbarker on 6 April, 2017

Walsall Council’s Clean & Green service has been re-designed to maximise the use of the resources they have whilst minimising the impact that will inevitably occur to neighbourhood areas as a direct result of budget cuts forced on the Labour/Liberal Democrat joint administration by Theresa May’s Tory Government. It’s not all bad news as the […]

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